08 August 2014

This 'n' That

I was scanning through my Twitter feed the other day and came across this tweet from Benny Hinn (yes, I follow Benny Hinn's account):
"Hm," I thought, "That sounds intriguing. Maybe I'll go watch this and tap into these secrets. After all, Mr. Benny wouldn't mislead me, would he?" (Can you hear the sarcasm?)

So I clicked the link and traveled to Hinn's website and discovered that this episode filled with, ahem, Bible truths, featured Rabbi Lapin. Oh. Okay. Then I click a download link and see this:
Wait—I have to pay $10 to learn the secret to financial success? But what if I don't have $10 to waste invest? What if my wallet is empty and that's why I need Benny's help? Oh, the cruel, cruel irony!

In case you're wondering, I did not fork over the $10—not even for a chance to use the material in a blog post. I'd much rather spend that money on an edifying, educational resource. Or a pizza. Whichever need arises first. Besides, unless you're Michael Brown, you don't need me to tell you that Benny Hinn is a flock-fleecing charlatan. Still, for whatever reason, his tactics seem to be working. That is why I've decided that all future editions of This 'n' That will only be available for a fee—each will cost $5 to read. Go ahead, write your angry letters of protest. I'll read them while I'm flying to Hawaii on my private jet.

Okay, that's enough for now. Breathe easy, I was only joking. Now, please enjoy your always-and-forever-free week in review (kind of):

  • Have you enrolled in Joyce University? I have. I can't wait until I graduate, because I'm sure that will be when my words really start to have power!
  • I had never heard of the 'Christian' music group, Gungor, before this, but it sounds to me like we probably shouldn't be surprised. I looked up one of their hit songs, 'Dry Bones'—um, is this really what passes for music these days in the professing Christian world? I mean, is it too much to ask that you come up with more than two lines if you're going to call it a song?
  • GraceLife London recently held its Summer Institute, and it looks as though there's lots of wonderful teaching posted.
  • I wish people would be as interested in the contents of the Bible as they are with coming up with gimmicks for the exterior.
  • Why am I not surprised that the church responsible for this is part of "a Pentecostal denomination specializing in prosperity theology"?
  • Mark Driscoll kind of apologizes. Again. And that's good, but after awhile, apologies must be corroborated by some evidence of change. Not to mention, once a man has been disqualified from holding the position of elder, he needs to step down.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • I only hope they both knew Christ.
  • Hey, Phoenix readers, you're invited to tour the Mormon temple! Um, yeah, no thanks.
  • After his usual summer break, it's been wonderful having John MacArthur back in the pulpit. Here he preaches about the 'ordinary church' from Acts 2:


  1. Joyce U: a thoroughly accredited institution of “hire learnerings” no doubt.

    1. I almost bit off my tongue laughing. Thanks a lot.


  2. Thank you Erin for the link to the GraceLife London "Summer Institute". I have never heard of them before. I am anxious to hear the first few lectures later tonight!

  3. I don't know about the whole mormon temple tour. I could use a new building layout for my D&D RPG, and it is cheaper than buying blueprints.

    And since Mormonism is basically Dungeons and Dragons anyway (if you take out the cool stuff), why not?

  4. I enjoy your wicked, delightful (sometimes veiled) sarcasm. It bites, but the wounds don't necessarily bleed. Love your blog. Even if you offered me citizenship to my favorite country and a lifetime supply of toothpaste, I wouldn't enroll in Joyce's University. Nah. Nope.

  5. When the lead singer of the "Christian" band As I Lay Dying claimed 90% of bands professing to be Christian are doing it for the money, I believe he was spot on.

  6. This is pretty neat... http://www.wimp.com/hummingbirdshower/

  7. Forget the $5 fee. Why not have everyone buy Brown's book for $35. You get the cut, he gets the cut and everyone is happy. Michael Brown is well versed in this type of merchandising but of course he never ever takes a penny for himself... Yes, that and Brooklyn Bridge at 66% discount.


  8. Touring a Mormon temple is a good thing for education. When the Nauvoo temple opened for the public in 2002, my wife and I went with a friend and his son. I am an ex-Mormon who never got to the temple, my friend is an ex-RLDS. The majority of those who visit a new not-yet-consecrated temple are Mormons who will never get their temple recommend, or if they do get on, they are too distant from one to have much hope of going to one. It is a good time to pass out tracts, to question the tour guides with thought-provoking questions (be careful lest you be ousted), and to get a first-hand view of what you may only have read about. It's great to be able to picture what their idol-supported baptism basin looks like while they are baptized for the dead; it's good to have a first-hand look at the many rooms where endowments take place. It helps when working with Mormons to have a better understanding of what they are experiencing. Looking around the inside of a temple and watching the Mormon visitors' expressions of awe and wonder is an interesting experience.

    But then, again, if your ministry doesn't lead you to much interaction with Mormons, then it may not interest you. But in my neck of the woods, there is a very heavy Mormon population because of it being the origin of the Mormon Trek, and just two hours from Nauvoo.

  9. Gungor is contemplative RC. Take a look at the blasphemous song, God Our Mother" they helped write with Rob Bell, Rachel Held Evans, and Nicole Nordeman.
    http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=6717 (Surprise, surprise: the original link in the blog can no longer be used.)

  10. I have a feeling that Gungor and As I Lay Dying are a sad indication of what CCM is all about... and they will make merchandise of you...

    Not that it was that hard to discern the problems with most of today's "Christian" bands, simply by looking at the lyrics to many CCM songs...


  11. I believe just about anyone in the spotlight is not giving us the truth - whether it be Joyce Meyers or some CCM band. The only truth these days is in God's Word. I've been watching fans of these false teachers - they are often very worldly as they listen to men rather than the gospel. They follow another Jesus. A Jesus that conforms to their demands rather than their conforming to walking in the spirit.

  12. Re: "Dry Bones." Is there nothing in the modern Christian music world that requires singing on pitch, making logical (or at least resolvable) chord transitions or meaningful messages from the lyrics? Lets just take a few Biblical words (like "dry bones" and "Jesus, you're the one who saves me") and string them together to form some mystical, pseudo-meaning. That should make a real God-pleaser, right?

  13. Songfests are popular in these days where Christian (?) bands make their appearances for 2, 3, or 4 days of Christian euphoria. Advertisements go out to ALL of the churches, posters are dispersed, radio ads are recorded and businesses within the community all prepare for the influx of crowds. Our children spend big bucks to purchase tickets for these songfests, plus extra funding is needed for their meals, and extras they choose to buy, the band's t-shirts, cd's, books, other Christian junk galore-necklaces, wristbands, air brushed tattoos, etc.

    It becomes a huge money making Christian (?) propaganda machine that reaks of the world, nothing of Jesus Christ. One song fest in particular in my neck of the woods actually had Brian Welch of KORN make a guest appearance complete with a testimony of some sort, and our youth were impressed.

    I am completely broken over what our culture calls "Christian" for I see no difference between the holy and the profane. Christians look, act, and live just like the rest of the world for I see absolutely no difference.....and church attendance is NOT an indicator of "being born again in the Spirit of God."


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